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Associated press photography From left, the late Democratic Sens. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii all served about a half-century in the Senate. Mr. Inouye’s death leaves Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey Democrat, who turns 89 in January, as the oldest senator, though with nowhere near their length of service.

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The death of Democratic Sen. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii — and those of Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia and Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts before him — leaves Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey Democrat, who turns 89 in January, as the oldest senator, though with nowhere near their length of service. (Associated Press)

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Adm. Samuel J. Locklear, III, commander of the Navy’s U.S. Pacific Command, salutes the flag-draped casket carrying Sen. Daniel K. Inouye. (Associated Press)

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Pallbearers carry the casket of U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye into the courtyard of the Hawaii Capitol during a visitation ceremony in Honolulu on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia)

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Pallbearers carry the casket of U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye into the courtyard of the Hawaii Capitol during a visitation ceremony in Honolulu on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia)

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Members of Congress and congressional staff gather for a memorial service for the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii Democrat, on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Mr. Inouye, who served as a U.S. senator for 50 years, is only the 31st person to lie in state in the Rotunda. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** In this Monday, Sept. 19, 2011 photo, Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii Democrat, president pro temper of the Senate, and a recipient of the Medal of Honor, attends a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, where he is presented a commemorative coin marking the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Medal of Honor by Congress. Inouye died of respiratory complications, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. He was 88. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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** FILE ** In this Monday, Sept. 19, 2011 photo, Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii Democrat, president pro temper of the Senate, and a recipient of the Medal of Honor, attends a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, where he is presented a commemorative coin marking the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Medal of Honor by Congress. Inouye died of respiratory complications, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. He was 88. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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"Given the reality before us, it makes no sense to accept earmark requests that have no chance of being enacted into law," said Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel K. Inouye. (Associated Press)

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is flanked by Speaker of the House John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican (left) and Senate President Pro Tempore Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii Democrat, during her address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. She is slated to visit the United Nations in New York on Thursday. (Associated Press)